More than just melting pot and music
Those who know Berlin see Neukölln as a Bohemian village: formerly known as Rixdorf, the district was once home to Bohemian refugees who settled around Richardplatz. To this day, Neukölln is a melting pot of cultures with plenty to discover: from the highly respected Neukölln opera house and the Puppet Theatre Museum, which is not just popular with children, to Britz Garden and Britz Castle. Not to mention the legendary Turkish market at Maybachufer and the 48h Neukölln Festival.
Originally built as a timber-framed house in 1547, Schloss Britz was converted in the style of the Italian Renaissance at the end of the 19th century. Today, visitors can explore the faithfully restored rooms, furniture and works of art from the Gründerzeit period. Guided tours, piano recitals and singing evenings are regularly held here, along with exhibitions. The gardens are open daily.
The horseshoe-shaped estate (around Fritz-Reuter-Allee between Parchimer and Blaschkoallee) is an architectural rarity from the 1920s and 1930s. Built according to plans by Bruno Taut and Martin Wagner, it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in July 2008.
The Reuter quarter is Neukölln's alternative to Kreuzberg. There are a number of restaurants and cafés between Kottbusser Damm and Maybachufer, Reuterstrasse and Sonnenallee. The neighbourhood's maze of streets is becoming home to more and more creative businesses, artists and designer labels that have developed their own unique identity.
Between Karl-Marx-Strasse and Sonnenallee is Rixdorf – the historical centre of the district with Richardplatz at its heart. History is brought to life around every corner here. Along Kirchgasse as far as Richardplatz you can still see the remains of the Bohemian village dating from the middle of the 19th century. The winding streets of Alt-Rixdorf with their small shops and courtyards with flowers and vegetable patches are more reminiscent of a village than a big city. Other attractions include Comenius Garden, the 15th-century Bethlehem Church, the village smithy, St. Magdalene's Church and the Bohemian Museum in the old schoolhouse.
The Sehitlik mosque on Columbiadamm is the largest of its kind in Berlin.
The Puppet Theatre Museum offers puppet shows, guided tours and workshops for the young and young at heart.
Neukölln Museum has already received the Council of Europe Museum Prize. Every year it stages an exhibition on a new theme of public interest.
Going out, cultural scene
Neukölln is home to a number of different nationalities and this is reflected in the local cuisine. Things are really buzzing here: the creative scene keeps on growing and in addition to bars you'll find galleries, designer labels and theatres.
Neukölln opera house
Neukölln opera house has a repertoire that ranges from classical to avant-garde and experimental pieces.
'Heimathafen' in the Saalbau Neukölln
The 'Heimathafen Neukölln' folk theatre complex breathes new life into old Berlin farces and brings modern-day Neukölln to the stage with contemporary productions.
A quarter of Neukölln is green space. The district's four parks and numerous sports facilities are a great place to relax and keep fit.
Recreation in baroque-style surroundings with a café and gallery (www.körnerpark.de)
'Horticultural schools' present life in accordance with the philosophy of Johann Amos Comenius who died in Amsterdam in 1670.
Britz Garden and museum railway
The former site of the Federal Garden Show is now a 90-hectare garden that offers a unique combination of countryside, architecture and art.
An idyllic garden memorial, which captivates visitors with its beautiful fountain, a plane-tree alley and a water basin.
Kletterhalle (climbing gym) Neukölln
Prepare for a real climbing adventure.
Werner Seelenbinder Sportpark Neukölln
Big Sports. Numerous football grounds, a sports hall and even an ice rink create a real oasis of sports.
The former ground of the Airport Tempelhof offers plenty of space for plenty of exercise.
Neukölln has everything a keen shopper's heart could desire. It has the largest shopping mall to be found within 500km of the city, as well as a variety of markets offering a fascinating, colourful and creative range of products.
Berlin's largest shopping centre
Shopping along Neukölln's main shopping street
Market at Maybachufer
Probably the most famous of Neukölln's eight markets.
48 Stunden Neukölln
Berlin's largest art and culture festival, takes place every year at the end of June.
Nacht und Nebel (night and fog)
Every November the local galleries open their doors to the public and there's also a vibrant blend of performance, dance, installations and films.
Alt-Rixdorf Christmas market
The traditional Christmas market is held every year on the second weekend of Advent around Richardplatz square.
A visit to the Neukölln swimming pool combines relaxation with an architectural experience. The overall ensemble follows the design of Greek temples and basilica, and the two swimming pool halls, originally separated for men and women, are decorated with columned arcades and mosaics in an idealised classical style. The Neukölln swimming pool is also a social meeting point; after swimming, visitors chat and relax on the gallery or at the marble basin under the columned walk near the pool.
Böhmischer Gottesacker Cemetery
The Böhmischer Gottesacker cemetery at Karl-Marx-Platz was established in 1751 for the Protestant refugees from Bohemia and Moravia who had settled in Rixdorf. The memorial stone plates set into the cemetery wall are engraved in Czech. The oldest memorial stone dates from 1755.
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